During a week-long drive, the Department of Legal Metrology Rajouri inspected 18 petrol pumps/retail outlets for quality check and mandatory facilities like free air, display of working hours and display of name and telephone number of oil company personnel for the convenience of customers, First Aid Box, toilet and safety equipment as per statutory requirements such as fire extinguishers, sand buckets etc.
On the direction of District Administration, inspection was conducted in all nine tehsils of the district. Around 9 petrol pumps were inspected in Rajouri, 4 in Nowshera, 3 in Sunderbani and 1 each in Koteranka and Beripattan. Of 23 outlets 2 belonged to BSF, 2 were closed down and 1 at Sunderbani namely S K filing station having diesel and petrol dispensing units at different locations.
The inspection team conducted quality and quantity checks and found both up-to the mark at all functional outlets. However mandatory facilities were lacking at all locations. The team charged Rs 77000 as fine from pumps for not keeping filter papers for quality check of petrol, 500 ml jar, calibrated hydrometer, thermometer and ASTM (American Society for Testing of Materials) conversion charts to carry out density test and calibrated 5 litre measuring jar duly stamped by LMD.
Notices were served to these petrol outlets for ensuring provision of mandated facilities for customers and requisite material/equipments to be produced on demand for quality and quantity check.